Julie E. Wollman

Julie E. Wollman, PhD

  • President of Widener University


  • PhD, Education (1991)
    New York University
  • MS, Elementary Education (1985)
    University of Pennsylvania
  • BA, English and American Literature and Language (1981)
    Harvard University

About Me

I always try to communicate honestly, clearly, and transparently. A university campus is a community. All members are engaged and truly care about what goes on within the community. Therefore, as a leader, I value and believe it is important to keep everyone informed through good communication.

I believe listening is a critical communication tool for leaders. I host regular listening sessions to understand issues important to the entire campus community, in addition to what we are doing well and what we need to work on. I want all constituents to have a voice and to engage in conversations that help guide my decision-making and keep me focused on continuously improving our institution. In my first two months at Widener nearly 500 people have participated in my listening sessions.

I especially make interacting with students a priority. They energize me. I enjoy learning about what they are doing and working to support them. Knowledge of the high-impact practices, civic engagement activities, and leadership experiences students are engaging in also makes me a better representative of Widener when I am working externally on behalf of the university.

I truly love my work, so I never stop working. I have absolute dedication to consistent excellence and to exceeding expectations!



  • Philadelphia Business Journal's People to Watch in 2018.
  • Philadelphia Business Journal's 2017 Women of Distinction.
  • Main Line Today's Women on the Move, 2017.
  • SmartCEO Philadelphia Brava Award, 2017. 
  • Mercy Center for Women, Women Making History Award, 2015. 
  • Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania 2014 Woman of Distinction.


In the Media


  • Interview with President Julie Wollman - The Changing Landscape of Higher Education

    Widener University President Julie E. Wollman discusses her presentation to the institution's President's Council, "The Changing Landscape of Higher Education."

    The President's Council is the university's premier giving association, made up of alumni, parents friends, faculty, and staff. At a November gathering of the group, Dr. Wollman engaged members in a discussion regarding the challenges facing higher education, their impact on Widener, and the university's strategy for future success.

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    Share Link: https://www.widener.edu/node/11941/